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331We live in two realities

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  • Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
    Apr 13, 2005
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      We live in two realities at the same time. One is within the field of
      ordinary human consciousness; the other is in the unconscious and
      even beyond. Only that which is nonexistent, temporal, transitory,
      and changeable is conceived by the mind. But that which is self-
      existent cannot be grasped or known by the mind. It will always exist
      because it is self-existent, absolute, and unchangeable reality. That
      which is existent is called sat, and that which is nonexistent is
      called asat--the real and the unreal. The wise seers are aware of
      these two realities and say that that which is not self-existent
      (here called nonexistent for it is insubstantial) cannot exist in all
      times.... The aspirant should understand that in principle there are
      two distinct realities, the eternal and the transitory. He should
      practice the habit of not identifying himself with the ever-changing
      objects of the world. Such identification deprives one of awareness
      of his essential nature as Atman, pure consciousness. The center of
      consciousness, the source of wisdom, happiness, and bliss, is
      indestructible. It is the only existence, and is imperishable.

      Swami Rama

      Perennial Psychology of the Bhagavad Gita